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The Honorable Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

NMAH Board Member; President & COO, Allbritton Communications Company

Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. is President and Chief Operating Officer of Allbritton Communications Company.  This Washington, D.C. based corporation owns and operates television stations, newspapers, a cable news channel and internet ventures.  It is the largest privately held group of ABC network affiliated stations.  He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of POLITICO newspaper and Politico.com. 

From 1989 until 1995, he served as Chief of Staff to former President Ronald Reagan and was instrumental in the design, construction and operation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs. 

From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Ryan served in the White House, as Assistant to the President, one of the youngest people ever appointed by a President to such a senior position.  His responsibilities included direction of Presidential Appointments and Scheduling, development of communication strategies and directing the White House Private Sector Initiatives program.

Mr. Ryan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Speech Communication.  He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California Law Center in 1980.  He then joined the Los Angeles law firm of Hill, Farrer & Burrill. 

Mr. Ryan has received several commendations and medals for his activities in the United States and internationally including the Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives (U.S.A.), Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (France), Commander of The Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy, Commandeur du Ouissam Alaouite (Morocco), the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Service Award (U.S.A.) and the University of Southern California Alumni Merit Award (U.S.A.).

Mr. Ryan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation.  He serves as a Trustee on the Board of several nonprofit organizations, including The White House Historical Association, Ford’s Theatre, The National Museum of American History, and the Board of Councilors of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.   

Mr. Ryan is the editor of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 1995, and Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator, published by Harper Collins in 2001.  He was Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed video of the Reagan Presidency, entitled “The Reagan Years.”